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Notice to Punjab in sacrilege case

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 21

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the state of Punjab on notice on a petition filed by Sukhjinder Singh Sunny for quashing the final investigation report submitted by the special investigation team of the Punjab Police earlier this month in the sacrilege case.

Among other things, the petitioner's contention was that the same matter was under investigation by the CBI and impermissibility of parallel proceedings by different investigating agency was well established.

Taking up the petition filed by Sunny through senior advocate Vinod Ghai and Kanika Ahuja, Justice Rajbir Sehrawat fixed the case for August 18 for further hearing. Appearing before the Bench through video-conferencing, Ghai submitted that the petitioner was also seeking directions for quashing of the order dated July 6, whereby the Faridkot Judicial Magistrate on duty accepted the final report and issued a notice to the petitioner and others.

The direction was sought on the ground that the impugned order was absolutely illegal, arbitrary, vexatious and sheer abuse of the process of law. Going into the reasons, the counsel contended that the very same FIR, along with another FIR on the similar incident, was already under investigation with the CBI pursuant to the orders passed by the CBI Special Court at Mohali

"Parallel investigation/proceedings in the same FIR by two different agencies at the same time is not permitted under the law," it was added. Directions were also sought for staying the operation of the final report and the impugned order, along with all consequences proceedings.

from The Tribune

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